Nissan Armada

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Nissan Armada
Display of the 2nd Gen Nissan Armada.jpg
Nissan Armada Platinum
Manufacturer Nissan
Production August 14, 2003–present
Model years 2004–present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive

The Nissan Armada is Nissan's full-size SUV. It shares its body-on-frame F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Xterra SUV, Nissan Frontier pickup truck, and Nissan Pathfinder SUV. An upscale version of the Armada was sold as the Infiniti QX56 from 2004 to 2010, when it switched to a platform based on the Nissan Patrol. From 2003 to 2015 the Armada was assembled in Canton, Mississippi. From mid-2016 onwards, the Armada is currently built in Yukuhashi, Kyushu, Japan and share the same platform as the Patrol, with American-specific modifications, and went on sale in late Summer 2016 as a 2017 model.

First generation (2003–2016)[edit]

Nissan Armada (WA60)
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2008 Nissan Armada
Also called Nissan Pathfinder Armada (until 2004)
Production August 14, 2003–2016
Model years 2004–2016
Assembly Canton, Mississippi (Nissan USA)
Designer Toshio Yamashita, Diane Allen, Giovanny Arroba (2001)
Body and chassis
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Nissan F-Alpha platform
Related Infiniti QX56 (2004–2010)
Nissan Titan
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Xterra
Nissan Pathfinder (2005–2012)
Engine 5.6 L VK56DE V8
Transmission 5-speed automatic (RE5R05A)
Wheelbase 123.2 in (3129 mm)
Length 2003–2007: 206.9 in (5255 mm)
2007–2015: 207.7 in (5,276 mm)
Width 2003–2007: 78.8 in (2002 mm)
2007–2015: 79.3 in (2,014 mm)
Height 2003–2007: 78.7 in (1999 mm)
2007– 2015 2WD: 77.2 in (1,961 mm)
2007–2015 4WD: 78.0 in (1,981 mm)

Developed under Carlos Ghosn's NRP (Nissan Revival plan), using the platform code WA60, from September 1999 to 2003 under lead designers Shiro Nakamura and Diane Allen and chief engineers Yuzo Sakita and Larry Dominique, the 2004 model Pathfinder Armada was unveiled on April 17, 2003 at the New York Auto Show. In January 2001, a final exterior design by Giovanny Arroba was approved by Sakita, Allen, Nakamura, and Nissan executive management, with the final design freeze being completed in July 2001 alongside. Prototypes based on the Y61 Patrol were hand-assembled as mules from 2001, with the first WA60-specific prototypes being completed and sent to testing in early 2002. Design patents were filed in 2003, with production starting on August 14, 2003 and going on sale on October 1, 2003.[1][2][3] The Armada had a 5.6 L, 317 hp (236 kW), 385 lb⋅ft (522 N⋅m) torque VK56DE V8 engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The switch to the Armada name occurred in September 2004, where it received new badges. A facelift was designed through 2005, being introduced in early 2007 for the 2008 model year.

The rear door handles are installed on the "C" pillar as a Nissan design tradition started with the 1986 Nissan Pathfinder. When the four-door Pathfinder was introduced, Nissan chose to conceal the door handles as a part of the "C" pillar trim to visually make it appear like a two-door truck with a camper shell, with conventional door handles on the front doors.

The latest Nissan Armada Platinum edition features a 9.3GB hard drive for storing music, and a CF (Compact Flash) memory card reader. The Platinum edition also features a power liftgate, and 3rd row seats that fold electronically.

It has a towing capacity of up to 9,000 lb (4,000 kg).

There are some Armadas that are capable of using E85. It was the only Japanese vehicle sold in the U.S. other than the Nissan Titan that can use E85 until the introduction of the E85 capable Toyota UR engine powered Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia in 2008. The 2009 Armada has been updated with more standard features and options.

In 2010, new changes were introduced for the 2011 model year Armada, with two trim levels, SE and Off-Road, dropped from the lineup. The base trim is now known as SV, the middle trim is now SL, and the range topping trim is still Platinum. Prices range from $37,910 for the 2WD SV to $52,890 for the 4WD Platinum. In addition, while the Armada continues to be produced in the United States, it no longer shares the same platform as the Infiniti QX56, which is now produced in Japan.

The 2013 model year changes include Bluetooth and satellite radio standard on all models. The Platinum model trim will offer a new Platinum reserve package. A new navigation system that has a larger hard disk drive (40 GB), is NavWeather capable, has Zagat Survey, has the ability to stream audio from Bluetooth and a USB port. The Nissan DVD Entertainment System now uses screens mounted in the back of the front head restraints replacing the previous single-screen system.

A minor update was issued in 2014 for the 2015 model year, resulting in new interior door panels and other minor changes.

The Nissan Armada (WA60) was sold in the United States (including all US territories), Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East in LHD only.

Second generation (2016–present)[edit]

Nissan Armada (Y62)
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2017 Nissan Armada in platinum trim
Manufacturer Nissan
Production June 2016–present
Assembly Yukuhashi, Japan
(Nissan Shatai Kyushu Plant)
Designer Taisuke Nakamura, Shinya Momokawa, Minoru Yoshida, Sugita Akihiro (2013)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Y62/Nissan F-Alpha platform
Related Nissan Patrol Y62
Infiniti QX56/QX80
Nissan Titan (second generation)
Nissan NV
Engine 5.6 L VK56VD V8
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Wheelbase 3075 mm (121.1 inches)
Length 5305 mm (208.9 inches)
Width 2030 mm (79.9 inches)
Height 1925 mm (75.8 inches)

On August 28, 2013, Nissan announced that the next generation Armada would be based on the next-generation Titan and remain a body-on-frame full-size SUV.[4] By 2015, Nissan announced that the 2015 models would be continued to be sold into the 2016 calendar year.[5]

On February 10, 2016, Nissan unveiled the second generation Armada at the Chicago Auto Show, and went on sale in August 2016 as a 2017 model. This version is based on the Nissan Patrol and Infiniti QX80, and is assembled in Japan, except for the Endurance V8 engine, which is assembled in Decherd, Tennessee. The Armada grew in length and width, but the wheelbase and height were moderately reduced. In addition to the Endurance V8, a seven-speed transmission was introduced to improve fuel economy, acceleration and torque, along with an increase in horsepower from 317 to 390 hp at 5,200 rpm. The exterior moderately differs from the updated Patrol, that was introduced in early 2014. As with the previous generation, the Armada continued to offer 2WD and 4WD and available in SV, SL, and Platinum trims.[6][7]

The move is part of Nissan's plan to have the Armada and Patrol share the same global platform instead of sharing the platform with the American-built Titan, due to Nissan investing in expansion of its truck production in Mississippi. [8]


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